We guide individuals & organizations to breakthrough & growth.

At the Paterson Center, we are in the business of breakthrough. We have a network of over 500 Facilitators around the U.S. and beyond.

Meet the Team

David Mitchell

David is the President of the Paterson Center. Prior to taking the lead at Paterson, David was the General Manager of a utility company. He has also worked with a Private Equity firm in New York, the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and taught at Eton College in England. Born and raised in England, David received his BA from Oxford, and his MA from Yale. David completed his LifePlan with Pete Richardson in 2013, and has served as President since January, 2014. He has been married to his sweetheart, JoEllen, since 2011, and they have two little boys, Cooper and Ash. They live in beautiful Fort Collins, CO.

Pete Richardson

Pete is a Partner and Lead Trainer at the Paterson Center and a Facilitator of both StratOps and LifePlans. Pete completed his LifePlan with Tom Paterson in 1994, and was trained by Tom to start facilitating LifePlans in 1995. Since then, he has guided over 800 people through the LifePlan process. Pete has taken hundreds of organizations through the StratOp process, most notably Otterbox, who has used StratOp to grow from $4MM in annual Revenue to $1.4BN. In 1991, Pete was the 5th employee hired at Promise Keepers, and stayed with the company until 2000, serving as VP of Communications and Creative Services. He then spent 2 years at Yates & Yates, LLC, a law firm and literary agency, where he worked with top-selling authors to develop their content and publishing plans. Pete received his Bachelors degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Colorado College and his Masters Degree from Denver Seminary (M.Div.). He has been married to his best friend, Janet, since 1985, and they have two children, Jordan and Pearce. Pete and Janet live in Louisville, CO.

Doug Slaybaugh

Doug is a Partner and Lead Trainer at the Paterson Center, and a Facilitator of both StratOps and LifePlans. Doug has spent 30 years working in and with local church and non profit teams, developing, facilitating, and implementing church leadership training and resources. He has witnessed thousands attend conferences that he has produced. For 14 years he served with Rick Warren as Pastor, Executive Pastor, and President of Purpose Driven, a ministry of Saddleback Church. Doug was involved with the development of Purpose Driven and the popular program, 40 Days of Purpose, based on the best selling book, The Purpose Driven Life. Doug’s earlier career included his work with the Charles E. Fuller Institute, alongside Peter Wagner and Carl George, developing tools and training programs for church leaders. For the last 10 years, Doug has been applying his experience and strategic talents with high capacity ministry leaders and organizations. Being trained in the Paterson StratOp and LifePlan processes has enabled Doug in his passion to advance both enterprise and people to experience health, growth, and fruitfulness as they seek to live out their God-given mission. Doug is a graduate of Huntington College with a degree in psychology, and from Fuller Theological Seminary, with a degree in theology. Residing in San Clemente, California, he has been married for 35 years to his wife Fay, and has three adult sons and three daughters-in-law.

Tom Paterson

Tom Paterson, the founder of StratOp and LifePlan, is a master strategic thinker. Tom’s accomplishments are too many to number, but a few of the highlights include: holding the first patent on the ATM pin technology, developing the world’s first lightweight camcorder, working with the Disney brothers to design and engineer Space Mountain, and being commissioned by Ronald Reagan to open up the Chinese economy. Tom had a successful career with IBM, RCA, and others, before launching his own consulting and facilitation business. Through that work, Tom developed StratOp for organizations, and later LifePlan for individuals. It’s no wonder then, that Peter Drucker called Tom, “the greatest process thinker in the world”.

Tom was born in 1925 in New Jersey, and was raised in New Hampshire. He married Ginny at the age of 18, and together they had four children and adopted three. Three of their children died tragically and prematurely, and Ginny passed away from Cancer in the late 1990s. Today, Tom lives in Fort Collins, CO. He remains focused on passing on his processes to those gifted and passionate about helping individuals and organizations discover and live their unique purpose.

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